A Harry Potter book that was bought for 1p has fetched thousands at auction.

The 1998 first edition of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets sold for £2,300 to a private international buyer today (December 12).

The book was at the centre of a battle between bidders at Bishton Hall in Staffordshire after the author J K Rowling signed the copy.

The former owner of the book Mark Cavoto, 51, from Buxton, Derbyshire discovered the valuable book by chance thanks to his daughter Holly.

On opening the book she discovered the copy had been signed by the author and it was a first impression.

Mark Cavoto with just some of his copies of Harry Potter. Credit: Hansons Auctioneers

“When Holly was a child, she loved Harry Potter books and started her own collection.

Mark Cavoto:

“I’m delighted Mark has achieved such a good return on his buy. He must have amassed the biggest collection of Harry Potter novels in the world.

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